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May 22nd, 2015


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01:40 pm - Hiding from the Heat, Post #11
Sorry for missing yesterday's post -- work, a volunteer meeting, and heat combined to make me mute.

Oh, yes, I'm now in the time of siestas.

What an admirable practice it is to hide from the worst of the heat. While I bow to no one in my love for Noel Coward and "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", I am not one of those brave souls who go out in the midday sun: for the next few months I'm perfectly happy to retreat inside at noon and not come back out until after five. (However, I do usually have to take Master Danger outside for his usual business during that time. It is a mark of heat that those times he doesn't linger, or look like he wants to chase one of the feral cats dug deep into cool sand under the trees -- no, just complete his task and in we go.

I don't nap during siestas, of course. I'm trying to do work, but... well. Sometimes it's slow going.

It's a great time for reading, though. I'm still going through Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and I've just got H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald, a memoir & nature book combined. What are you reading these days?

Cheers and cool to all!

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:May 22nd, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm reading Sarah Waters' The Paying Guests. So far, it's okay. Not quite as good as I'd hoped, but then, I'm not that far in.

I just finished The Vacationers, by Stroub, (I thnk) and I do not know why this got reviewed by the New York Times. It was pleasant enough, but it was rather Maeve Binchy-esque.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 23rd, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
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You always read cool books!
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From:mamculuna
Date:May 22nd, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
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I'm entranced by Hilary Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety. I'd already started it when I saw that BBC may do a series on that, after Wolf Hall. It's a truly moving book, with very engaging characters from the French Revolution, including Camille DesMoulins, whom I hadn't known about before, but even Robespierre turns out to have a sort of human side. I haven't finished yet, so may hate him even more when all's done. Next up: Station Eleven.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 23rd, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Oh, French Revolution-era works are fascinating! Cool choices as always. :)
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From:paratti
Date:May 22nd, 2015 10:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm reading the Kate Griffin magical London (Mathew Swift) novels and really enjoying them.

I have definitely been out in the midday sun.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 23rd, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to try those again -- I have the first book but bounced off it.

Cheers! :)
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From:paratti
Date:May 23rd, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
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It does get less intensely observed everything and a lot more readable in the first book and especially the next two.
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From:anne_d
Date:May 22nd, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC)
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I'm still working on Voyage of the Beagle, off and on, although I decided today to actually concentrate on it so I can pass the book on to Emily soon. It's a fun read - Darwin was such an adorably geeky sort, all excited over bugs and birds and fossils and life in general.

Aside from that I've been reading assorted books from the library, and Hal Clement sf I haven't read in years, and various Robin McKinleys because my brain hurts. I also decided to give Jonathan Strange another shot - I tried to read it a few years ago and couldn't get through it, which is unusual for me, but you made it sound more interesting, so... I'll have to do my own book post one of these days.


Have a good weekend, and I hope you and the Young Master find some cool.

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From:laurawise
Date:May 23rd, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
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What a cool collection of books! :)
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From:beadattitude
Date:May 23rd, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
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I am still in the habit, in the summer months, of the pattern our family established for South Carolina summers; all errands/trips to the beach done by 11 am, inside until 5ish. It doesn't get that hot up here in the Nawth, but the summers here seem to be getting hotter.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 24th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
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It's a good habit to have! :)

Hugs and good days to you.

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